One of Topps best cards. The front usually had a portrait of the player, the logo on the lower left. The back was nicely done as well. Highlights on the left, a cartoon on the right. The 1960's are reminiscent of the 1955 and and 1956 cards.
No player embodies the line, “Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, 'It might have been,” than Herb Score. He came up as a 22 year old rookie in 1955. He was 16-10 with an ERA of 2.85 and, at that time, set a rookie strikeout record of 247 in only 227 innings. He was better the next year; 20-9 an ERA of 2.53, 265 strikeouts in 249 innings and a league high 5 shutouts. Indian fans referred to him a left-handed Bob Feller.
But on May 7, 1957 that changed. His potential Hall of Fame career was effectively ended by a line drive off the bat Yankee, Gil McDougald that caught him flush in the eye. There were fears he would lose his eye. He was done for the year, and although he pitched until 1962 he was never close to being the pitcher of his first two full seasons. The back of the 1960 card shows some of his pitching highlights. It also shows a 4.70 ERA and a high walk to strikeout ration. Contrary to what had originally been thought he did not lose vision. He could see as well as before.
Some say that he had already been suffering elbow problems; others think there was a change in his follow through after throwing the ball. Whatever the reason, Score would have been one of the game’s greatest pitchers, if not for that injury. Herb Score went on to become a beloved Indians’ announcer. He had no regrets, in fact he considered himself lucky for that ball might have been killed him. Still, when I look at that card, I cannot but think of what might have been.